Cobb, Freehold shine in penalty kicks vs. RBC

Cobb, Freehold shine in penalty kicks vs. RBC


Cobb, Freehold shine in penalty kicks vs. RBC


Freehold senior defender Chelsi Bender jumped into senior goalie Sara Cobb’s arms just before the Colonials were to shake hands with Red Bank Catholic after the Shore Conference Tournament semifinal on Wednesday night.

Cobb had the shining moment in the penalty kick round as neither the Colonials or the Caseys let up a goal in 100 minutes of soccer at the Summerfield Elementary School. So, it was on to the penalty kick round.

Freehold went first in penalty kicks, scored first and maintained the lead in penalty kicks thanks to Cobb saving three of the four penalty kicks she faced.

The final result was Freehold winning, 3-1, on penalty kicks and advancing to Saturday’s 5 p.m. Shore Conference Tournament final against No. 2 seed Toms River North.

“You really don’t know what to expect in penalty kicks. You go with your gut and if you are right then you are right,” said Cobb, who made 10 saves. “So, whatever my gut says, I go with it.”

Her gut led her to deny Red Bank Catholic’s final three penalty kicks, which clinched the victory for the Colonials (16-0).

Freehold sophomore defender Lindsay Cerio was the first shooter and she scored waist high to the left against Red Bank Catholic freshman goalie Jackie Robinson (12 saves) for a 1-0 lead in penalty kicks

Red Bank Catholic senior defender Marina Davi was the Casey’s first shooter and she scored to the lower left to tie it 1-1.

Freehold freshman midfielder Ashley Latona then gave her team the lead for good on a play that she didn’t even see. Latona shot the ball and saw Robinson make the initial stop, but the ball deflected off Robinson’s hands and went in as Latona had turned around and was on her way back to midfield.

“I saw our fans cheering and that’s how I knew it went it and that was the best moment ever,” Latona said. “I have my spot and that’s where I went in the game against Manalapan and I scored last time. I was so nervous and then I thought she saved it but then it went in.”

After Latona gave her team the lead, Cobb then closed the door on Red Bank Catholic’s next three shooters junior midfielder Liz Thoreson, junior midfielder Grace Correll and sophomore midfielder Christina Balacco by making three saves.

“My defense has been there for me this entire season. I’m proud to be a part of this team and get the work done that needs to be done on my part,” Cobb said. “They’ve done it for me the entire season and I was very happy to do it for them today.”

Freehold junior midfielder Cori Ahde, the team’s fourth shooter, went top shelf to the right side to score the Colonial’s third penalty kick goal after senior midfielder Delaney Boyer, the team’s third shooter, had her shot saved by Robinson.

“You tell them to pick their spots and go where they are confident. It is a tough thing to do in this kind of atmosphere with people watching,” said Red Bank Catholic coach Ken Santos of the penalty kick round.

Freehold had the overall advantage in shots, 18-11, and withstood Red Bank Catholic (17-2) winning the shots total in the first overtime 3-1. The Colonials won the shots total in the second overtime, 2-0, but none of the combined 29 shots in the game resulted in a goal.

Wednesday’s victory for Freehold was also the second consecutive SCT tournament game the Colonials have won on penalty kicks after defeating No. 9 seed Manalapan, 4-2, on penalty kicks on Monday afternoon.

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